September 30, 2004
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
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Subject: Lincoln the Flip-Flopper
After Lincoln changed his position on a bill, someone challenged him on his switch. Lincoln replied by stating: "I don't think much of a man who isn't wiser today than he was yesterday." He'd never make it in today's GOP.
Subject: Debates....and fear
Although, from what I hear, Bush has set the rules and Kerry will follow them like a good person.
I have sent a letter to the DNC...I hope everyone does...that Kerry is not going to win this election, unless he gets firey and completely denounces this phony Iraq war!! Howard Dean would have...and he would not have [given] one inch, he would not have agreed to these stupid rules......this is not a debate...it is a talk to please George Bush. Bush is winning again...just by telling gullible republicans that he is going forward and not turning back....that, to republicans is being strong...they do not have any kids in Iraq...most of them do not care, even if they do, they do not worry about it....George will take care of it.
I know how it feels to lose a dear loved one on the battlefield thousands of miles away...a 24 year old...all alone...living in a foxhole...eating whatever they threw out the plane...it is horrible!!
And now, I hear that the woman who has made the commercial who is crying, they think that will backfire on the democrats!!! And it would not, if Kerry would just stand up and say.....he would not have attacked Iraq....no wonder they think he is a flip flopper.....Bush keeps saying it....Kerry takes it and no one does anything about it.
I have never been so concerned about an election. I wasn't in 2000, because at that
time, I did not know Bush... I did not know how evil he and Cheney and Rumsfeld could
be, and I did not like Lieberman. I voted for them...because I thought they would be better than the Bush/Cheney team, but now, anyone would have been better.
I started out, as most of you know, firey about Howard Dean...he would never have backed down...he would have stood up in Bush's face and told him...he would not have to ever flipflop about anything...he was Resolute...and strong from the beginning!!
And, I have told the Kerry/Edwards team this...I hope and pray that they win...but
I fear in my gut......they will not...we will see after 9/30................
Subject: Bob Perry Gives Another Quarter Million to Swift Boat VeteransAccording to Political Money Line (www.fecinfo.com), Houston developer Bob Perry has given another $250,000 to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, bringing his total contribution to the group to $450,000. The new Perry money essentially paid for the Swifties ENTIRE recent advertising buy in Nevada. Anyone still believe that one rich guy can't affect the outcome of the election?
Subject: ARE YOU INSANE?!!!!!!!
jesus god! christ almighty! our kids are getting arms and legs blown off, coming home wearing diapers, many don't even know their names and are dying left and right, AND YOU TV PEOPLE ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE TONE OF KERRY'S TAN? ARE YOU INSANE?!!!!!!!!!!!
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Subject: Mary Matalin on Today
As usual she is her facetious self. While McCurry is explaining his side, she giggles. Then when given 30 seconds to explain an issue, she uses 10 to attack Clinton. Will she ever make it to the issues? I don't think so.
I do hope Bush uses the tactic she used today because he will look like a giggly school boy bully.
She had to interject that tried and true method of explaining why Bush can fix Iraq. She had to first say, "McCurry spent years with Clinton trying to defend the indefensible and now is having to explain the inexplicable." I hope Bush finds a way to use something so childish as that.
Over a 1000 of our guys are dead and many, many more Iraqis and scores of injuries, and she is giggling as usual. Is there anything she is serious about?
My guess is the term flip/flop will be used a lot by Bush and I hope the first time Bush says anything close to don't change a horse in mid-stream, Kerry says what if the horse is dead?
Are there any parties to watch the debates? I may need a drink for the 2nd time since 1976. I may tape them and watch them after I see the coverage by the networks.
I am not sure I will make it through this election because a lot of people think it should be about gay marriage, gun control and choice, and I support all of those things. This election is life or death for a lot of over-extended guard members, reservists and regular military. It is also life or death for millions of Iraqis and every kid between the ages of 12 and 30, and that is on the conservative side by the numbers. There will have to be a draft, and only the wealthy will get to stay here, as usual. No Bush will be in battle and none of them will join the effort here at home because they have to be protected, so they can screw the next generation of powerless Americans. James and the kids have my sympathies because she and her ilk will keep us at war until the kids are old enough to be drafted, but they will be exempt because they have enough pull.
A lot of people who vote republican will lose kids before the next election.
Subject: c-span for bush
during an interview with Arthur Schlesinger the c-span commentator declared a caller correct in thinking bush would have responded faster to the holocaust. Arthur didn't agree.
Subject: reader idea
Hey folks, in reading the Vanity Fair editor's interview, I thought of the idea of showing the baby pictures of the 1000 soldiers killed. Too much? All's fair in love and ending wars. Thanks.
Subject: Example of what the MEDIA is doing to John Kerry
Here are two supposed answers to the same question:
Now for the ACTUAL quote.
As you know, John Kerry said only weeks ago that he would have "voted" to support the war, as the President should have the ultimate authority. He has said all along he would have handled said authority differently.
It's no wonder he's labeled a "flip-flopper," the media keeps changing his words.
Subject: Iraq: George W. Bush's Little Shop of Horrors
In 1986, Americans were introduced to a very popular play about a wishy-washy man named Seymour who works in a flower shop. The play, "Little Shop of Horrors," features a most unusual central character, an exotic plant which thrives on blood. This plant is nurtured by Seymour after he accidentally discovers its bloodthirsty basis for survival. Seymour's motivation in encouraging the plant is his need to impress Audrey, the object of his desire.
In the course of the play, the plant demands of Seymour, "Feed me, feeeeed me!" as it requires more and more blood to stay alive. It is cunning in its ability to trap and devour victims. The plant grows bigger, stronger, hungrier, and more dangerous with each passing day. Seymour refuses to face the facts; he fails to see what the audience sees. The situation goes from bad to worse to absolutely horrible. Eventually, inevitably, Seymour completely loses control of the situation.
In his obsession to gain power and prestige, George W. Bush focused on Iraq. He reasoned that it would take only a little blood, and he was more than willing to sacrifice the lives of a relative few if it could reap what he so desperately craves. But, like Seymour, George W. Bush is blind to the monster he has created, a monster with an insatiable appetite for blood. This monster is known throughout the world as Bush's War on Iraq. "Feed me, feeeeeeeeed me!" it screams, as it consumes the ever-widening pool of blood from Iraqi civilians, Iraqi soldiers, and America's very own sons and daughters.
Little Shop of Horrors, now playing in the Middle East, courtesy of its vainglorious producer and director, George W. Bush.
Subject: clarification re: Dick the book -Check it out (pp. 19-25) -- he flunked out...twice!! Dick's been a man of singular incompetence, who advances himself not by achievement, but rather by political stratagem. The guy flunked out of Yale. Hey, even Bush couldn't flunk out of Yale! But Cheney would have gotten an "A" on any exam having to do with Machiavelli. Heck, this is a guy who was asked to screen out potential vice-presidential candidates for Bush and then chose himself!
Subject: Analogy For Debate
Kerry should use
this analogy in the
debate: When a coach
is losing most of
his games, even if
he is a nice guy,
management has the
fire him. The same
is true with a President.
If he is losing lives,
and creating deficits,
with no plan to improve,
it is time that he
be fired, and a new
President be elected.
They say the charge against Senator Kerry, being a flip flop, has stuck. Now the charge of G. Bush being a liar is sticking, too. People are beginning to see G. Bush as someone that will tell you something and grind in your face. As soon as your back is turned, he does something else. In others he says a lot of things and doesn't mean half of it. Now this is what we call back home a liar.
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It was all I could do to not cry myself. I have heard before that for some reason, men, young men, get a rush...almost like drugs, from the anticipation of warfare. The cost to Americans from this war will never, ever cost Bush one night's sleep.....it will all fall to the caretakers...the mothers, wives, husbands...everyone who has to see their loved one in that shape.
The Doctors in this article are marvelous...they are ten times the man that Bush is and, yes, Bush is an idiot...total idiot!!! They are good enough to come to Landstuhl to mend the broken bodies of this phony war. God bless them!!
To Benay Stein....from Colorado...my granddaughter was much like your loved one in the war...she was feisty...did not want to stay home...but, did not want to go to college right away...her aunt talked her into joining the Guard...the aunt had been in the National Guard in her day...and from the beginning, I knew where Bush was going with this, and everyone in the family knew that I knew...and they thought I was awful at that time!!
Things have changed now. She is home...was medically evacuated to Landstuhl in March, 2004, with an ovarian cyst...which they had to keep an eye on. She was eventually sent to San Antonio,Tx., then on to Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. When her unit got home in May, 2004, they had a ceremony for them. I went...and they were a lucky unit...all came home...I think the real deaths started around that time...and are much worse now!
I think, personally, Bush has got his followers down pat...and he knows it and he knows that he will not have to deal with any of the war dead or wounded...no one he really cares about is there...and will not be! What is in the hearts and minds of those people who are following this man...like sheep...they stay????!!!!
Kara, my granddaughter, had already taken some college courses in high school...she went to a private school...so she got into an engineering unit...they supposedly investigated accidents...but, something is fishy about the entire thing. She does not talk about it, but she says she sometimes misses her team mates... She never tells anyone she wants to go back. I think it might have scared some maturity into her.
She has another 4 years in the guard...and thinks she will go back somewhere, but not to Iraq. I hope she is right!!
Subject: Hatfield's Fortunate SonDear Buzz,
I am so glad to see Hatfield's book, 'Fortunate Son' posted at your site again. This is the first book I bought from BuzzFlash...many moons ago! Fortunate Son is a piece of art and way ahead of its time! Hatfield did a superb job in revealing the dirty little skeletons in the Bush/Prescott family closet, that have yet to make it into the mainstream media. If you want to know everything about the Bush Saudi connection, Bush Hitler connection, and the Bush Bin Laden family connection, it's in there. It's also interesting to read how Bush duped taxpayers out of their money to finance his 'Ball Park' in Texas. Or, how he abused the state's eminent right of domain to seize property from owners who just happened to be in the way of his 'dozers! However, the most telling part of the Bush Family is not what Hatfield exposes in his book, but how the Bushistas tried to stop its publishing. Even to the point of having the publisher burn the books!
In the midst of all of these juicy tidbits of truth, perhaps the juiciest tidbit for me is the fact that Poppy, yes Poppy, is NOT really the war hero he's cracked up to be! According to Hatfield's well researched and sourced book, Poppy jumped out of his plane -- one that was barely damaged and one that was built to land safely on the surface of the ocean -- leaving his crew in the back of the plane to die. That's after he dropped his payload on the first 'target' he could find...of course. The Navy never intended to honor Poppy with war hero medals he didn't earn. But, lucky for him, someone came forward out of nowhere, of course, and forced them to find a way. So what honors did the Navy really bestow on Poppy's WWII service??? Dropping his bombs before he bailed out and left his crew to die. Nice guy. Like Father, like Son! Fortunate Son.
Not only should every BuzzFlash Reader read this book, so should every American!
Nancy Lynn Nagy
Subject: If W loses, he will WEASEL OUT OF DEBATES (Buried in this Huge Article)
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Subject: Urgent Petition
This came to me today: Take action to protect the vote in Ohio, where the Secretary of State Ken Blackwell is trying to refuse thousands of new voters the right to cast a ballot in the upcoming election -- based on the weight of the paper of their application. He is also violating federal law by refusing to accept provisional ballots in most instances. The 2004 election is going to be very close -- and could come down to just a handful of votes in this key state. Please join in signing the Paper Stock Petition today and pass it on to everyone you know.
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Combat Tours May Be Cut In Half (Int'l. Herald Tribune/Military.com)
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Subject: Repeal of earned income tax credit
I searched, but could not find a story and Congress's recent repeal of the earned income tax credit for people earning less than $11,000. Of course, the "story" is that the repeal was part of Congress's tax cut extension for the affluent. In other words, during this time of hyper deficits and debt, Congress decided the poorest Americans should shoulder a larger share of the tax burden to offset the cost of extending tax cuts for the affluent. In the Congressional Republican vernacular, any rollback of a tax cut is a tax increase, yet the media are largely silent on this most cynical of political maneuvers. Where is the media? Where is the outrage? From a historical perspective, a case can be made that "Let them eat cake" policy decisions eventually become "off with their heads" revolts, just as Divine Right gives birth to the Third Estate and a reign of terror. Arguably, we're seeing it offshore already. With tax policies such as these, how long will it be before we see it here, too?
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Subject: Debate Advice
Here's an e-mail that I just sent to the Democratic National Committee:
Donald P. Russo
Subject: Ah, democracy!
Tuesday afternoon, I was listening to "Flashpoints" on Pacifica Radio. They were reporting on the election [allegedly] to be held in Iraq in January 2005. It turns out that Saddam Hussein says that he is going to run for president--announcing it through his lawyer.
Top Iraqi officials say, since he has not yet been convicted of anything and his trial is not likely to start until after the January election, there is nothing to stop Hussein from running.
The kicker? A Gallup poll [the one the repugs love so much] of "likely" Iraqi voters indicates that 42% say they would vote for him. Taking into consideration that this will more than likely not be a two-person race, that just may be a majority.
Ah, first the gratitude and throwing of flowers, now they just might vote the "Big Evildoer" back into office.
Subject: First draft of the GOP spinning debate coverage away from the issues
COMMENT: Lets see if CNN picks up on this. At least the Kerry campaign is beginning to treat some of this stuff with the scorn it deserves.
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Subject: Words for Novak - Book em Dano, Espionage One
I found more laws against The White House and Bob Novak, in regards to leaking a Covert CIA Agent's name and forcing her out of the CIA. Like Jack Lord said at the end of his show from Hawaii, "Book em Dano, Espionage On."
Title 50, Chapter 15, Subchapter IV, Section 421. Protection of identities of certain United States undercover intelligence officers, agents, informants, and sources
Title 18, Part 1, Chapter 37, Section 793. Gathering, transmitting or losing defense information
Title 18, Part 1, Chapter 37, Section 798. Disclosure of classified information <
Subject: Letter to the Editor - Democrats don't hate Bush
The press has been saying that Democrats hate Bush - but I don't think that's true. I think it's more accurate to say that a lot of people are ANGRY with Bush, but they don't hate him. I'm sure that are some people who hate Bush - like if you lost a child in Iraq who died because Bush lied - then you might hate Bush. Or - if your retirement got wiped out because it was all in Enron stock - you might hate Bush, But for things like taking away civil liberties with the Patriot Act, people losing their jobs, turning the biggest surplus in the history of the world into the biggest deficit in the history of the world, or the rape, torture, and killings at Abu Ghraib prison - I think people are just angry with Bush about that. So I don't think it's accurate to portray Democrats as people who hate. You have to take into account issues and real reasons people might be angry about personal losses and the direction America is heading. I think the media should look closer to see if people really do hate Bush - or if they are just angry with him.
I'm Marc Perkel - And I approved this message!
Subject: the debate issues
Do you seriously believe that the debates will revolve around issues such as foreign affairs, economics, jobs, freedoms, the budget or the war in Iraq? What the media will be interested in mainly are the following:
1. Will Kerry sweat?
2. How will Kerry's suntan react with the women voters?
3. Will Kerry sigh as Al Gore did?
It is interesting that none of the reporters will be interested in Bush's skin condition or digestive noises. Only Kerry will be under the microscope.
Subject: republicans still making jokes??
I was watching Lou Dobbs tonight (Wed.) on CNN. First, let me tell you that Dobbs has been calling the debates "the so-called Presidential debates." Lou isn't happy with all the rules. Today, halfway through the show, he went to calling them "the Presidential presentations."
Anyway, opening the show was reporter Dana Bash talking about preparations for the debates. I was dumbstruck when she began telling about the latest republican joke. They've put together a "debate briefing book," a "gimmick," she called it, that they put out "as sort of a joke of what Senator Kerry would likely be told from his advisers." Here, from the show transcript, is what she described, but pay close attention to what Lou Dobbs said in response.
[Describes bush visit to Florida, shows video clip of Cheney, closes segment, returns to Lou, who is scowling severely.]
Can you believe this? Is bush now the Joker-In-Chief? The Standup-in-Chief? Joking away while Iraq burns? As Kerry said earlier today regarding bush's "he can spend 90 minutes debating himself" comment, this country isn't looking for jokes from its president. bush says "Bring 'em on!" to the terrorists; he searches under the furniture in his office for WMDs; he giggles about the so-called "poll" that says Iraqis believe their country is on the right track more than Americans believe the US is on the right track. Personally, I'd like to hear him explain this behavior to the families of those 1,000 dead and over 7,000 wounded, who most certainly aren't sitting around chuckling.
Just when I think I've heard it all, the republicans can still disgust and nauseate me further. What a bunch of morons. Shame on them all.
Full transcript of the segment: http://www.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0409/29/ldt.01.html
Subject: NO WAY OUT
Dear Senators Kerry & Edwards,
Thank you for your compassion to find an end to the Iraq mess that Bush has created so that you can help our soldiers get home. Please say to Bush, "I WILL NOT IGNORE THEIR SACRIFICES, I WILL HONOR THEM." You honor them by letting them know their lives matter enough for you to come up with a plan to end the war - not just let them proceed blindly with NO WAY OUT. I know you will find time to attend some funerals and THEY WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN.
Bush likes to wrap himself in 9/11, but he doesn't care about the fallen soldiers!! Thank you for caring,
Subject: CBS pulls plug on Niger uranium report
My 2nd letter to you today.
Last week we learned that an explosive report on Bush's Niger uranium lies was bumped to make room for Rather's phony National Guard memos. Then over the weekend CBS News announces it is burying that report as 'inappropriate' to air before the election (!)
People are already speculating that the National Guard memos were a Karl Rove plant to discredit any questioning of Bush's actions at that time.
Am I venturing into conspiracy-theory territory by wondering if the decision to cancel the Niger report in favor of the NG (how appropriate!) memos was part of such a set-up? If so, what a triple play: neutralize the issue of Bush's National Guard service; discredit Dan Rather (30-year delayed Watergate revenge); and bury a truly explosive and journalistically sound report in the process! Maybe it is conspiracyland, but Sumner Redstone putting himself on record last week as supporting Bush's re-election only makes the whole bizniz that much more suspicious...
Subject: Who will stop Bush if he is elected?
It's obvious from reading the Mailbag, that a lot of people understand what is at stake for our country if Bush prevails in 2004. But I don't see any in-depth analysis of what will happen if this terrible nightmare is realized. Having lived through Nixon and Watergate, if it had not been for the Washington Post and two incredibly intrepid reporters who stumbled onto an incredible web of dirty tricks, lies, corruption and almost the loss of our precious constitution, what would have happened?
Now we have an evil, greedy, secretive administration who will stop at nothing to win in November, who run on a platform of failure - the economy, Iraq, employment, the environment, national security and our loss of stature in the world. We all concede that they control the Congress, the Executive and Judicial branches of government, and most of the media is either cowed by their threats or is on their despicable side.
So, who will stop them from continuing their hideous agenda? Those of us who knew better after 2000 did not do enough to voice our outrage with what happened during the "election." Who would impeach Bush if by some miracle the true scope of what they have done is finally exposed? Where are the investigative reporters who will lay out the crimes of this administration? They have done a masterful job of solidifying their base and even Colin Powell and John McCain have fallen into lockstep with their goals. I am not a religious person but I pray to God that more people come to their senses before we lose more than we even thought possible . . .
Keep on telling the truth, BuzzFlash - we ARE listening!
Subject: GOP Voter Supression, Exhibit 3023
I'm surprised you haven't seen this one out of Ohio yet.
Atrios explains how Mr. Blackwell, who can be reached at
J. Kenneth Blackwell-R
truly has his cranium lodged in his rectal cavity.
Subject: U.S. casualties grim cost of Iraq war - Toronto Star
This recent article from the Toronto Star, Toronto, Ontario Canada tells a different storyline on how many US troops are really getting maimed and wounded in Afghanistan & Iraq. Talk about wasted, shattered lives...Bush should be on trial for crimes against humanity!
cost of Iraq war
Subject: CBS News buries Uranium Niger report?
I just sent the following to CBS News via their website's feedback form:
Subject: Have you seen this article - CBS memos were done on a typewriter
Thought you might be interested in this article:
A PhD in Utah has looked at the memos from CBS and says they were definitely done on a typewriter. Looked at the wear from the most common letters and such. Right wing bloggers wrong again, but I'm sure this will get no media play. It's up to you, the unsung heroes at BuzzFlash, to set the records straight.
A long time loyal reader
Subject: Missing reservists
About those reservists who haven't shown up yet...
Former soldiers slow to report (USA Today/Yahoo)
Has anyone checked out Republican campaigns in Alabama? Maybe a few of them are serving there.
Subject: Iraq burns and Bush jokes about Kerry
I was boiling with
rage as I watched
President Bush at
one of his fake town-hall
meetings and his
answer to every question
was to joke about
Kerry being a "flip-flopper." Bush
and used his trademark
smirk to turn every
serious issue into
a joke about Kerry
("maybe Kerry should
debate himself!" Ha,
- Iran close to
nuclear weapons -
Bush jokes about
Subject: Forwarded: Gallup: Kerry 50%, Bush 46% Nationwide
Our allies, Dr. Polkatz and the Votemaster, have looked at Gallup's results using weights of other polling outfits. The result, instead of a large Bush lead, we have KERRY AHEAD by 4%.
Read all the gory details here: http://www.politicalstrategy.org/archives/000448.php
As we all know Gallup is full of Sh*t. It's time that the mainstream media revealed this bias as they were so eager to do months ago when the LA Times conducted a poll with a Democratic bias.
Some say we should 'just get over it' because it is just 'nitpicking.'
Needless to say, I heavily disagree. The meme of a strong Bush lead in the polls could be devastating and demoralizing to those would-be Kerry supporters who don't know better.
Thus, I ask that you do your best to further this cause. Let your readers know the truth -- this race is tied. Kerry will win.
All the best!
Subject: republicans know brain-dead
I see the republicans now have a rebuttal film to Fahrenheit 9/11. "Celsius 41.11 - The Temperature at Which the Brain Begins to Die," is a documentary being billed as "The Truth Behind the Lies of Fahrenheit 9/11!" Who better than republicans to know about dead brains? The film was made in six weeks. Wow. Somehow I don't think we'll see packed movie houses for this one.
why in the world aren't the kerry people pounding away at the fact that the only way bush would agree to debate kerry is if kerry is not allowed to ask him anything or even speak to him? jesus, i would hammer that until nov 2nd!
second, is it true bush said in 2002 when he wanted the vote on iraq that he called it a vote for peace, not for war? he keeps saying kerry voted for the war. did kerry actually vote for peace?:):):)
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Subject: NPR: "Iraqis Train to Secure Syrian Border"
We have been in Iraq for a year and a half and have yet to equip the Iraqi border guards with BOOTS and AMMUNITION. This is bizarre.
Subject: Bush's Resignation (military, unfortunately)
WHAT!!! This Bush document is telling us that anyone can simply resign from the military prior to fulfilling their total contractual commitment because it interferes with their other personal life goals and commitments...?
So... What does this mean for our children in Iraq?
THIS IS GREAT! They can just write a letter to their commanding officers telling them that they resign; they can come home; and they will not be considered AWOL, etc., etc., etc.
Their Commander-in-Chief did it!
WHAT A PRECEDENT -- or is that "President"?
[BuzzFlash Note: And the following comment is sure interesting: "The document, signed a year after Bush left the Texas Air National Guard (our emphasis), said he was leaving the military because of 'inadequate time to fulfill possible future commitments.'"]
Subject: sniveling little coward!
no he is not scared to send your kids to die as long as he stays out of harm's way. but the sniveling coward still comes creeping out of bush. he demanded kerry not be allowed to ask him anything or he would not debate! this should be in the democrats' commercials! i saw some woman on that cnbc power lunch show try and lead people to believe that is what kerry wanted until a man on the show quickly corrected her. she knew, she was just trying to mislead like fox and the bush people!
I just thought of a bumpersticker: "Ten out of Ten Terrorists support Bush"
"Even Osama Bin Laden Supports Bush For Another Term"
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